Businesses benefit from July 4th crowds

The small town of Frankenmuth, population 5,000, nearly doubling in size over the Independence Day weekend.

"We're just celebrating," said Kyle Dawson of Sterling Heights.

The Dawson family traveled from Sterling Heights to Frankenmuth's Jellystone Campground.

"We've been doing all activities every hour there's an activity. Just a great family time," said Cynthia Dawson.

Like the Sterlings, families from across Michigan and beyond visit the park.

"Toledo, Detroit area we have some from Ontario," said Cindy Keinath, Park Manager.

Just across town the Fortress Golf Course is also experiencing attendence that's right on par.

"Our tee sheet is from 7a-7p. It's like 314 people. Anything above 120 is a great day," said Erich Kuhlman, Head Gold Professional at the Fortress.

Local hotels and motels also report solid bookings.

The Frankenmuth Motel is booked through this Saturday and Sunday.

Many events like the Frankenmuth fireworks display and he Volkslaufe Run are crowd-drawing event over the Fourth holiday.